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Patricia McIlrath Endowed Associate/Full Professor of Theatre Arts & Chair of the Theatre Division

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 23, 2022

Hiring Department

University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory / Theatre Division

Job Description

The Patricia McIlrath Endowed Professorship of Theatre Arts is an esteemed professorship in the Conservatory and the university. Endowed Professors are outstanding leaders in scholarship, teaching and service and are among the most prestigious positions in the university. These prominent scholars provide leadership and service to the university and the surrounding community. This endowed professorship is offered as tenure-eligible at the Associate or Full Professor rank.

Chair of the division will provide vision for the theatre program and for collaboration, both within and outside of the university; serve as the liaison between the theatre faculty and Conservatory administration; supervise faculty activities in the Theatre Division, to include teaching load assignments, conducting teaching observations, submitting annual evaluations of each faculty member in the division, making hiring recommendations to the Dean of the Conservatory, and managing personnel issues; oversee all theatre curriculum, including curricular modifications, assessment of degree plans, and student enrollment; work with Dean, Associate Dean, and Production Manager on Theatre budget; advocate for division faculty members and their shared concerns and mission; coordinate division meetings, performances, masterclasses, and guest artists; guide and support the production season and act as artistic liaison with producing partners; teach courses in area of specialization; lead efforts in recruitment; mentor students’ creative work during the production season; maintain a national/international profile as an artist and/or scholar; contribute to the performance, academic, and service environments characteristic of a Conservatory within a university; enrich the cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community; participate actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatory and university by serving on graduate and faculty committees, as well as engaging in other Conservatory activities; other duties as assigned, based on the candidate’s strengths and the needs of the institution.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful and innovative experience as a theatre instructor in a university setting and a record of creative scholarship/research to support rank as an Associate/Full Professor.

Successful leadership experience in a university setting; significant professional experience and reputation at the national/international level in a theatre discipline; demonstrated ability to attract, retain, and mentor quality undergraduate and graduate students from differing backgrounds; strong commitment to teaching and mentorship; terminal degree in theatre, or equivalent professional experience; significant academic credentials and standing required for tenure at UMKC and the rank of associate professor or professor in the Conservatory.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full time, ranked, tenure eligible, benefit eligible, nine-month faculty appointment with expectations for summer administration as division chair. The appointment starts Fall of 2023.


Rank and tenure will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Review of application materials will begin October 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted through this UMKC recruitment portal. Please complete the application form and upload the following requested materials.

Applicants should combine all application materials: a cover letter that addresses the candidate's qualifications, interest in the position, and curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments, and artistic credentials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as the resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Please do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please email .

For questions about the position, please contact including the name of the position.


The UMKC Conservatory is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation and cultural engagement with our communities. The UMKC Conservatory produces about 500 performances each academic year. A distinguished group of artists, scholars and educators, our faculty are passionate about art and dedicated to helping students create their place in a changing world. For more than a century, UMKC Conservatory has been a center for Kansas City’s cultural resources.

On the University of Missouri's designated performing arts campus, the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City's rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community, we collaborate to balance tradition and innovation with differing backgrounds and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.

Excellence , Access and Innovation are guiding principles at the UMKC Conservatory.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

University of Missouri System Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Benefit Eligibility


We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important r esource.

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